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Vail Health vaccine appointments fill quickly for patients 70 and older

John LaConte

Vail Health began administering COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday to the local patient population ages 70 and older.

Vail Health received 1,600 doses in the first allotment of the Moderna vaccine for the 70-and-over age group, said Sally Welsh, Vail Health’s public relations director, on Tuesday.

Welsh said while the hospital’s Jan 6-8 and Jan. 13 appointments filled quickly, “there will be many other opportunities, estimated at a weekly cadence.”

“There is limited advance notice of when or how many doses Vail Health will receive, and the demand for vaccines currently extends beyond what is available,” Welsh said in an email. “Vail Health asks for the continued patience from community members as we work with public health to administer the vaccines.”

People who had reached out to Vail Health asking for the vaccine were added to a waitlist for anyone 70 and older; that group was notified as soon as time slots became available.

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